5 steps on moving to Mallorca
Just go for it
Everyone here in our office has taken the decision upon themselves to move to this beautiful island. At first, it may be a little difficult with all of the moving, the researching and the house finding but it’s the start to your new adventure. If you are having second thoughts, then stop right there… the days are brighter, longer and a hell of a lot sunnier, what more could you want?
Get to know your areas
So once you’ve decided that your new and improved life is going to take place in Mallorca, the next step is to pick the right area. This is definitely the most important thing to bear in mind, this is the place you are going to wake up to every day, where you are going to find all your local restaurants and get friendly with all of the neighbourhood…. This is quite a difficult step but with us by your side we are sure to point you in the right direction. Don’t just buy a house, because you’ve fallen in love with it, make sure you fall as in love with the surrounding area.
Learn the language
Don’t get me wrong, there is still a very large population on this island who don’t speak Spanish & if you don’t it’s not the end of the world, but it does help. If your children are planning on joining the local football team or you are trying to do something as simple as sending a letter, then learn the language, no it’s not essential but it does make everything that little bit easier.
Get to know the island. The most beautiful coves and beaches are always the hidden ones, the hidden gems only known by the locals. One of the things we love most about this island are the amazing restaurants that even we haven’t managed to go to yet, the elite beach clubs and all of the festivals that take place every single year. Speak to the locals, get to know the place you live, their favourite beaches, which restaurants they like best and when the next festival is taking place.
Get involved in the community
Join the local football team, get involved in the carnival and don’t miss out on all of the local markets, this island is full of amazing people from all of over the world and you meet someone new every single day. Get involved with your neighbourhood and really get to know the Spanish way of life, it’s amazing, we promise!
One of things we love most about Mallorca is their markets. Here is where all of the locals pick up all of their fruit and vegetables, these markets also mean when everything is closed on a Sunday and there is nothing to do, you know that somewhere on the island there will be a market on. Some of the covered & daily markets, offer different food stations, so you can do your shop of the day and then enjoy either a class of vino or some yummy tapas. Today we thought we would let you know which ones are our favourite and definitely worth checking out:
- Mercat Olivar: This is one of the covered markets that I mentioned in the above. Great selection of fish, fruit and vegetables. Plus they offer some amazing food stalls: tapas, sushi.. This is one of our favourite places to go during the Christmas celebrations as the atmosphere is like no other.
- Mercat Santa Catalina: Another one of the covered markets that I mentioned that also offers a large variety of fruit, meat and vegetables aswell as a lot more local produce (such as cheese, sobrassada..). Definitely worth a visit. Make sure to try out some restaurants in the area, as you will most definitely find some of the best.
- Llotja del peix: Enjoy this market 6 times a week in Palma, from Monday through to Saturday. This is a fish market, so expect to try some of the freshest fish you have ever tasted.
- Santa María: This market takes place every Sunday, this one is so popular you just have to follow the crowd to know where it takes place. Selling everything and anything you may need.
- Sineu market: One of the oldest markets in Mallorca, offering a very large variety of local produce aswell as livestock. Every Wednesday morning .
- Calvia: You should visit this market just because of how beautiful the village itself is and due to the fact that this is Mallorca’s oldest market with over 60 stalls for you to have a nose at. Takes place every Monday, to make saying bye to the weekend not so bad after all.
- Valldemossa: You should go to this market for the same reason as Calvia, it is a stunning village and you will not be disappointed by their market. They mostly sell souvenirs and clothes. Every Sunday.
- Andratx: Taking place every Wednesday, make sure to stock up on all of your pottery, flowers and local produce.
- Inca: this market is held three times a week, every Thursday, Friday and Sunday. This town is very well known for it’s leather so don’t expect anything less from it’s market. Great market for necklaces, shoes, lace and of course local produce.
- Soller market is held every Saturday from 8 o’clock in the centre of Soller. Selling jewellery, clothes, toys, sweets, sobrasada, traditional straw baskets.. The whole village takes part and is very proud of this weekly market and rightly so. You have to visit to understand why.
As we have constantly mentioned in this post, these markets are fantastic for picking up your weekly fruit, vegetables, fish… but they are also worth visiting just for the feel of them, it is the most perfect way to see how the locals get involved in such a Spanish tradition and also how people from all over the island travel to be a part of it.
Picture this, you are in a beautiful village, surrounded by countryside and beautiful mountains, everyone is in their own little world, the sun is shining and you are witnessing some of the freshest local produce on the whole island, doesn’t this just sound like a perfect outing, this is why we love to grab a spot in one of the surrounding cafes and just watch. Mallorcan markets you make us very proud.
This island may only be a small one, but it is most definitely a very special one. We are very lucky to meet a lot of people from all over the world thanks to what we do, but they always seem to say the same thing: that they have travelled for many, many years but no matter where they visit they just seem to get drawn back to Mallorca. Here are a couple of reasons why you should come to Mallorca if you have never been before & if you have visited, this is just a reminder of why you really need to come back:
- The weather
It is pretty amazing how a sunny day can make everything seem better, it can completely change your view of the day. If you are one of these people who can get quite affected by the weather, then I couldn’t recommend coming to the island any more. Take now for example, we are in March and it feels like a summers day.
- The beaches
One of the reasons why we love this island so much is because there are still a couple of beaches that even we haven’t come across yet, some hidden coves that are yet to be discovered. You can drive for an hour and feel like you are on a totally different island. Some areas are great for windsurfing and paddle surfing and then you have the areas perfect for boat trips and beach bars.
- The restaurants
The vast variety of food that we have here is pretty impressive. Of course you have the Mediterranean cuisine, of which we have a couple of Michelin star restaurants and the amazing tapas restaurants but you can also find some great Italian, Indian, Chinese, Asian… We would definitely recommend visiting the “Santa Catalina” area in Palma to truly discover what a great variety of options you can come across. We may be a small island but we definitely know our stuff when it comes to food.
- The language
All Spanish children are learning the English language from just three years old so as you can imagine their English by the time they hit their teens is far from average. This basically means that it is pretty unlikely to come across a Spanish person who doesn’t speak a little bit of English, another reason why you shouldn’t be held back. The Spanish community is lovely and make you feel very welcome to enjoy their island just as much as they do.
- The experiences
You can never run out of things to do on this island, whether you are a foodie, a beach lover, a hiker, a cyclist, a runner.. There really is something for everyone, the reason why sports are so popular over here is because you don’t have to worry every time there is a volleyball game on the beach or if you have organised a yoga session on top of a mountain on the weekend because the chances of the weather being able to ruin your plans is very small. Whether you fancy a boat trip, a helicopter ride, a tour of the island with a fleet of classic cars or classic motorbikes, anything is possible. (For anyone interested in any of these experiences, we are in touch with the very best concierge managers on the island who are sure to point you in the right direction).
To sum up everything that we have said in this blog is just come to Mallorca, there is something for everyone and you will never be disappointed.
The January blues have really started to kick in for us so what a better way to cheer ourselves up than looking at all of the festivals that we have ahead of us, and boy do we have a few to look forward to …
- 21st of January, Sant Sebastian
This is one of Mallorca’s biggest festivals and rightly so. Enjoy their parades and music from the 18th of January until the 20th. The main festivities will take place on the 19th.
- 23rd of January, Sant Antoni
Sineu celebrates their “correfoc”. A night of fire and demons.
- 6th of Febuary, Sa Rua & Sa Rueta Carnival Palma de Mallorca
The children’s carnival takes place on the 6th of February and the adults on the 7th. Everyone will dress up and parade down the Borne.
- 7th of Febuary, Almond fair.
Everybody loves almonds and what a better way to celebrate them than attending a market in Son Servera where they will be selling soaps, creams, make up and candles made with the product itself.
- 5th of March, Pottery fair
Come to Marratxi to pick up some of Mallorca’s finest ceramics: pots, jugs…
- 10th of March, Rally Clasico
Who doesn’t love a bit of rallying in the sun? Head to Portals Nous to see what cars are taking part.
- 17th of March, Saint Patricks day
Santa Ponsa is hosting their annual Saint Patrick celebrations; there will be a stage, live music & of course lots of irish dancing.
- 26th of March Nature Sport Fair
Taking place in Escorca, there will be endless adventure sports to enjoy
- 3rd of April, Sant Francesc
Muro will be filled with music, concerts, local produce, exhibitions and vintage cars will be on display.
- 10th of April, Triathlon
Two races will take place in Portocolom . If you don’t want to take part, make sure to go along and cheer everyone on.
- 10th of April, Woman marathon
This marathon both starts and finishes behind the cathedral, you can either join in on their 10km marathon, their half marathon or the full marathon. See you there!
- 16th of April, Pollenca wine fair
The words “wine” and “fair” go so nicely in a sentence don’t you think? This fair will be displaying many of the Balearics mouth-watering wines. Timings: 10- 20.30 o’clock on Saturday and 14:00 on Sunday.
- 28th of April, Palma boat show
This boat show is amazing and gives you a glimpse of some amazing yachts. Open from 11:00 to 20:00
- 30th of April, Magaluf half marathon.
No full marathon will take place, but there will be a 10km run and a Nordic walk
- 5th of May, Dijous Gros
Translated into “big Thursday” and big it will be, with markets, stalls and much more
- 7th of May, Ironman
Which will take place in Alcudia and what a better area to run, swim and cycle.
- 7th of May, Festivals of moors and Christians
There will be a re-enactment of the battle of the Moors and Christians in soller.
- 8th of May, Europe day
Here you can enjoy different types of food, market stalls and live performances on Palmanova’s beach front.
- 23rd of June, Nit de Foc
Palma shows off their favourite party of all, a night full of demons, bonfires and fireworks.
- 24th of June, Sant Joan
On this evening, everyone gets together on their nearest beach to enjoy some live music. Then at midnight everyone gets into the sea because people claim that it is supposed to wash away any evil spirits and to heal souls.
- 24th of July, Artdemossa
This is the festival for all art lovers in Valldemossa. Dance, music and a whole lot of culture.
- 2nd of August, Festivals of moors and christians Pollenca
It’s time for Pollenca to celebrate this famous festival.
- 5th of September, Las Fiestas del Rei en Jaume, Santa Ponsa
During the first week of September, Santa Ponsa has a giant parade, their version of the battle of the Moors and Christians, stalls, live music and a foam party.
- 24th of September, Festa des Vermar (Wine Fair), Binissalem
Like I said before, Wine and fair in one sentence just sounds perfect.
- 24th of September, Ironman Mallorca
Which takes place in Alcudia
- 2nd of October, Sweet Fair
Esporles hosts a fair full of all things sweet: traditional sweets, cakes, jams..
- 19th of November, Olive Fair Caimari.
Travel up the mountains to see why the Mallorquins and everyone else on this island love their olives so much
- 10th of December, Arta Christmas market
It’s that time of the year again so head up to Arta to check out their Christmas celebrations.